Chelsea Ainsworth is a graduate of the Dance Department of The Juilliard School. After graduating, she worked with Johannes Wieland/StaadtstheaterKassel in Germany. Currently she is dancing with David Parker and The Bang Group, as well as ZviDance. She is on the modern dance faculty at Cap21 musical theater school and Ballet Faculty of the Chen Dance Center / H.T. Chen & Dancers. She recently founded and is a Director at Arts On Site.
Nico Gonzales, originally from Denver, Colorado, received his early training at Denver School of the Arts and under Brian Young. He graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts in 2015 where he danced in works by Pamela Pietro, Merce Cunningham + Bill T. Jones. He has performed in On Display, a movement installation with Heidy Latsky Dance in multiple venues throughout NYC and is a collaborator in a series of interdisciplinary performances entitled Nourishment. Nico is part of Check All That Apply, a project about mixed-race identity, with e r a dance collective and dances with Rovaco Dance Company and Bryn Cohn + Artists.
Nik Owens was born and raised in Altadena, California where he began his movement experience with gymnastics at age three and continued at a competitive level until he was 17. Nik graduated with honors from Wesleyan University with a BA in dance and a certificate in Environmental Studies. He has had the pleasure of working with David Dorfman, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Nicholas Leichter and Tania Isaac, and has performed works by Vanessa Tamburi, The Dance Exchange, Gierre Godley’s Project 44, Mersiha Mesihovic’s CircuitDebris, and Tiffany Mills Company. He currently dances for David Dorfman Dance, Abdul Rasheed’s DSquared Dance Theater, Raja Kelly/The Feath3r Theory, and Bryn Cohn + Artists.
A New Jersey native, Jessica began her professional training at Goucher College in Baltimore before relocating to New York to train with the Pushing Progress Contemporary Training Program. Under the program, she has trained with Calen Kurka, Chris Hale, Loni Landon, Bryn Cohn, Manuel Vignouelle, and Gregory Dolbashian among others. She has performed in The REVERB Dance Festival, NYC10, and Peridance Presents in works by Calen Kurka, Trebien Pollard, Bryn Cohn and Kathy VanDereedt. While studying at Rutgers University, Jessica is currently working as a freelance artist in NY.
Yuliya Romanskaya is originally from the Ukraine, and grew up in Los Angeles where she received her BFA from California Institute of the Arts. She was one of two students chosen to study abroad at the London Contemporary Dance School. Yuliya has performed works by Barak Marshall, Reggie Wilson, Rosanna Gamson and Pam Gonzales. In addition to dancing and teaching with Bryn Cohn + Artists, Yuliya choreographs and performs with collaborator Ashley Handel, most recently at Triskelion Arts and Movement Research. She has studied at The Acting Studio under the direction of James Price.
Isaies Santamaria Perez
Born in France, Isaies started dancing in Paris at The Latin and Tropical Dance School and went on to study at Rick Odums School of Ballet Jazz. He was in the Top 16 of the French version of So You Think You Can Dance. Since moving to New York, Isa studied at Peridance Capezio Center where he performed works by Igal Perry, Bryan Arias, Enzo Celli and Ephrat Asherie. Isaies has worked Gregory Dolbashian, Manuel Vignoulle, Mettin Movement, Enzo Celli (Vivo Ballet), Chafin Seymour and Cie José Besprovasny in Belgium. He has performed at The Fire Island Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance, Bryant Park Festival, BAM, MASS MoCA and The Jack Crystal Theater at NYU. Isaies has choreographed on students from Hartford University, Peridance Capezio Center and Tisch, NYU. He has assisted for projects including Gregory Dolbashian’s Intensio by Daniil Simkin and Manuel Vignoulle’s Break Through for Alvin Ailey II. Isaies has worked extensively with filmmaker Charlie Wan and joined ZviDance Company in 2016.
Will Tomaskovic, originally from Flemington, New Jersey, is a NYC based artist. While attending Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts where he graduated with a BFA in dance, he had the opportunity to work with Brian Brooks, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Julie Bour, Stefanie Batten-Bland, Doug Elkins, and Banu Ogan. Will apprenticed for Keigwin + Company’s 10th anniversary Joyce Season, and travelled to Istanbul for an immersive dance-theater collaborative experience with Julia Ritter Performance Group. In addition to Bryn Cohn + Artists, Will is a current member of 10 Hairy Legs and ZviDance as well as a teaching artist with Man in Motion, Inc.
Catie Leasca was born and raised in a small town in Massachusetts. She has danced across the United States and abroad in Israel, France, Germany, and Belgium. Catie has performed works by Netta Yerushalmy, Gallim Dance, Doug Varone, Jesse Zaritt, Katie Swords and Helen Simoneau. She has shown her work at Triskelion Arts, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and SaltDanceFest. Catie recently graduated from the University of the Arts in May 2017.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Mallory Galarza was a scholarship recipient at The Ailey School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2017. During her time at Mason Gross, she performed in works by Martha Graham, Jessica Lang, Netta Yerushalmy, Ellen Cornfield, Camille A. Brown, Manuel Vignoulle and Randy James. Mallory has had the pleasure of performing Graham's 'Dark Meadow Suite' at The Joyce Theater. During the summer of 2017, Mallory studied at ImPulsTanz - Vienna International Dance Festival in Vienna as well as b12 Dance Festival in Berlin. Mallory is a vinyasa yoga instructor, and is working towards becoming a certified Pilates instructor.
Kevin Keller (Composer)
Keller’s first work for string quartet, Three Bagatelle, premiered by the Kronos Quartet at the 1986 Festival of New American Music. During the 1990’s, Keller worked as Principal Composer for San Francisco’s Morrison Planetarium. He has been He has been commissioned by Dwight Rhoden, Amy Marshall, Elisa Monte, Mariana Bekerman, Kathleen Dyer, Suzanne Kenney, Amy Seiwert, Ray Sullivan, and Nicolo Fonte among others.
Tim Cryan (Lighting Designer)
Tim Cryan has had the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of artists through organizations such as the Berkshire Fringe, Danspace Project, FlicFEST, LaMaMa etc, and Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Dance Department at Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) and the resident lighting designer for Fusionworks Dance Company (Deb Meunier Artistic Director) as well as Fiasco Theatre. MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Portfolio: http://timcryan.net
Sebastian Arango (Costume Designer)
Sebastian has danced for Rhetoracle Dance Company and BARE Dance Company under the direction of Mike Esperanza, and performed and designed the costumes for Bryn Cohn’s Into the Dark. Sebastian’s fashion designs are influenced by architecture and origami, and creates his pieces by deconstructing and repurposing garments.
Dancer photos by Jaqlin Medlock (except for Nico Gonzales. Photo by Katinka Neuhof)